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  1. Hi all, I have just received notice via the managing agent that the block of flats, for which I have 1 flat leasehold has been condemned by the fire authority for inadequate compartmentation. The notice given is a "Prohibition Notice - Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005: Article 31". Essentially the fabric of the building is a fire risk. If the building is condemned or financially unviable to rectify, do leaseholders have any rights to compensation from the freeholder or other body? If the land is sold for redevelopment, again, does the leaseholder have any rights to proceeds of sale? Thanks John
  2. Hi Hubbers, I really don't know where else to turn at the moment! Hammersmith and Fulham changed the HMO licensing requirements so that my property now requires an "additional HMO License". I have 4 non related flat sharers in my flat. It was never meant to be an HMO. They are all friends and signed the contract together. I do not understand my fire safety responsibilities now that I am an HMO. I can't get anyone on the phone at the council and they don't answer their phones. Does anyone know my fire safety responsibilities in this borough or someone who does fire risk assessments and work to make a place fire safe on such a small scale. All the companies I find online are for blocks of flats or office blocks. Any thoughts, help, recommendations very gratefully received. Debi
  3. Hi all, I've looked through various government body websites and as well as places like ARLA and can't seem to find an official answer and most places just state " Check you have access to escape routes at all times". Basically the council have been spot checking property in an area where we have a rental. They couldn't find anything wrong with the house, everything had the correct certs etc. The letter did state however that "The only means of escape is via a high risk room. Fit a fire escape window on the 1st floor". The property is a fairly standard terrace house. Front door leading to a living room, kitchen/diner at the back, stairs leading from that to two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. The property does have an accessible back garden where you can exit to an alleyway round the back of the row of houses. What are the rules regarding fire escapes and does the council have the power to demand we install a fire escape window? Apart from anything we have 2 other rentals of similar layouts and whilst the other councils don't seem to be spot checking if it is now best practice i'd like to get ahead of the game and fit before we're told to and certainly now there's a question that not doing so may be putting tenants needlessly at risk! Thanks
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